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Baywide Club Rugby Preview 01.07.17 + 02.07.17

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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This weekend will see the Jordan Cup on the line in the Battle of the Bridge, as well as a number of staunch challenges across the Baywide Premier 2 and Division 1 competitions. The Baywide Women’s Club Rugby competition enters the first round of their Cup and Trophy Championships.

Baywide Premier 1 Competition: Week 5
Mount Maunganui Sports v Tauranga Sports
Top of the table Mount Maunganui will host this weekend’s Battle of the Bridge and Jordan Cup clash against Tauranga Sports this weekend.

Mount Maunganui Sports Coach Rodney Voullaire acknowledged his teams progression and development over the past couple of weeks, “We are up to the challenge and have been building well over the last three or four games and are continuing to take it game by game.”

“We are just focusing on ourselves and not what Tauranga Sports bring, we still have a few things we need to work on ourselves,” said Voullaire.

This weekend the focus for the home side will be directed around their structures. “We will focus on our own patterns and making sure we are getting the little things right. And making sure our overall pictures are refined,” said Voullaire.

Voullaire finishes, “We are amping for this game and the boys are really excited. It is always a good game the Battle of the Bridge.”

Tauranga Sports Coach Zane Winslade pleased to have secured the Jordan Cup with their 12-9 win over Te Puke Sports, “It was great to get our hands on the Jordan Cup last weekend but we know it's now about winning the next three games to retain it for the season. The Mount will be worthy challengers and they're going to be tough but if we can get full commitment to the cause from all 22 players then we'll have a good chance.”

Winslade aware of the challenged posed by a clinical opposition this weekend will be directing their focus to an improved set piece.

“We are putting a lot of focus on our set piece this week; it hasn't been good enough so we will hope for a better performance in that domain,” said Winslade.

Winslade finished, “It's no secret we like to attack with width and strike quickly off turnover ball. We'll also look to dominate scrum and lineout. The Mount is a really good team across the park so we are going to have to be smart and much more clinical than we were last week,” said Winslade.

Baywide Premier 2 Competition: Week 4
Waikite v Whakatane Marist
This weekend Waikite will host Whakatane Marist. For both teams it will be a must win game, with Waikite currently holding their position in the top four they will face a number of challenges in the remaining weeks of the competition. For Whakatane Marist the pressure is building on the side to ensure they secure a top four finish to maintain their position in next year’s Baywide Premier Competition.

Waikite Coach Kevin Lee emphasised his team need to ensure they are taking on board their learnings from previous matches in order to be competitive this weekend, “In order to win we will need to learn from the mistakes we made against playing Poroporo and adopt to the game speed and execution that Whakatane Marist will bring coming from playing against the premier sides.”

“Our key focus will be taking grasp of the opportunity of where we sit at present and make the most of it and controlling and channelling the excitement enthusiasm playing at home with a lot at stake,” said Lee.

Lee finishes, “Looking at our upcoming schedule and our position on the table this game is a game that could determine our fate.”

Whakatane Marist Coach Craig Edwards highlights the importance of needing a win this weekend and believes his team will be able to achieve this as long as they stick to their structures.

“For us it is a must win game to allow us to compete in the Baywide Championship next year. From here we want to win as many games as we can to make that top four. If we stick our structures hopefully we get a good win and use that as good motivation moving forward for the remainder of the season,” said Edwards.

Edwards finishes, “We don’t know too much about Waikite, but if they are the Waikite of old they will have a big forward pack and some skilful backs, so if we can shut their forward pack down first then their backs won’t get good ball.”

Baywide Division 1 Competition: Week 4
Papamoa v Ruatoki
This weekend Papamoa will host the men from Ruatoki. Both teams sitting firmly at the top of the table with neither team wanting to drop their standard, it will be expected to be a tight battle.

Papamoa Coach Paul Sloane was unavailable for comment. His side have taken charge of the Division 1 competition with three successful wins to date over Katikati, Judea and Rangiuru. This weekend it is expected Sloane will expect nothing less of his side than to maintain their current standard. With a strong defensive structure and strong standing home record the Papamoa side will be tough opposition for their Eastern Bay of Plenty opponents.

Ruatoki Assistant Coach Niwa Maui hopeful his side will grab a win this weekend. Ruatoki have a young team and have focused on developing their youthful backline.

“Our backs have been a big focus this year and they have been improving every game. Our full back is fresh out of school and has been growing as a player each week. We are learning quite a bit this year both in our backs and forwards and it is showing on the field as well. This week we are hoping for the team to come out with another improved performance and take the win,” said Maui.

Maui finished highlighting handling and their team approach to this weekend will need to be positive and supportive. “Our ball handling, our attitudes and ensuring the team is listening to the captain. Getting in behind the ball runner and supporting each other,” said Maui.

Baywide Women’s Competition: Week 1
Rangataua v Rangiuru
Rangataua will host Rangiuru this weekend as the Baywide Women’s teams’ enter the second round of the competition, with sides splitting into respective Cup and Trophy Divisions.

Rangataua Coach Paul Pou identified the need to hold possession for his side to pressure their visitors this weekend, “We have to stick to our game plan from the start and retain possession to apply pressure. If we execute this well we will be very competitive.”

“We need to trust our systems, for our team to be mentally prepared for the battle ahead. To play for each other, stay true to how we want to play and to work hard for each other,” said Pou.

Pou makes no illusion Rangiuru are the team to beat but is certain his side will rise to the challenge, “Rangiuru are the favourites for this year and this suits us well, we are a new team but we have some very skilful and dedicated player to compete for 80 minutes. We have learnt a lot about rugby so far, this is yet another opportunity for the girls to learn about themselves and rugby and the team,” said Pou.

Rangiuru Coach Jimi McLean identified accuracy, possession and control as key areas his side will need to excel in this weekend. “We need to be accurate, maintain possession and play smart rugby. We can’t afford to give Rangataua cheap opportunities by not valuing possession. They are a smart team so if we give them an inch and they could take a mile.”

“We need to be big on defence this weekend, we allowed them too much time and space in our last outing when they scored four tries so for us definitely defence will be a key work on for us this weekend,” said McLean.

McLean finishes, “As always we have huge respect for Paul and the Rangataua ladies, you don’t finish in the top two for no reason, definitely a challenge for us but the girls are really excited we made it to the business end of the competition.”

Baywide Premier 1 and Premier 1 Development Draw:
Saturday 1 July:
Premier kick-off: 2.45pm
Development kick-off: 1.00pm
Mount Maunganui v Tauranga Sports at Blake Park
Te Puke Sports v Rangataua at Murray Salt Stadium
Te Puna v Whakarewarewa at Maramatanga Park
Greerton Marist v Rotoiti at Greerton Park

Baywide Premier 2 and Premier 2 Development Draw:
Saturday 1 July:
Premier kick-off: 2.45pm
Development kick-off: 1.00pm
Waikite v Whakatane Marist at Bellvue Road
Paroa v Ngongotaha at Lawson Park
Arataki v Poroporo at Arataki Park
Marist St Michael’s v Opotiki at Marist Park

Baywide Division 1:
Saturday 1 July:
Kick-off: 2.45pm
Papamoa v Ruatoki at Gordon Spratt Reserve
Katikati v Kahukura at Moore Park
Rangiuru v Judea at Centennial Park
Te Teko v Waimana at Dunderdale Park

Baywide Division 2:
Saturday 1 July:
Kick-off: 2.45pm
Matata v Eastern Districts at Richmond Park
Murupara v Reporoa at Ngati Manawa Road
Eastern Pirates v Edgecumbe at Neil Hunt Park

Baywide Women’s Draw:
Sunday 2 July:
Kick-off: 1.00pm
Rangataua v Rangiuru at Te Ariki Park
Waikite v Waimana at Bellvue Road

Whakarewarewa v Rotoiti at Puarenga Park
Te Whanau Apanui - Bye

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